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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Fearless in the face of tyranny

The Times
November 25, 2006



Fearless in the face of tyranny

Simon Caldwell


Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo, in London this week, is a resolute opponent of the Mugabe regime

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo, the Most Rev Pius Ncube, is a slightly shy, softly spoken and humble man — characteristics that may seem to contrast with his leonine courage in the face of President Mugabe’s tyranny.

He also appears tired. As he sinks back into his chair at the London headquarters of Cafod, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church of England and Wales, he seems to carry in his demeanour the desperation of his country’s poor. It looks as if his long struggle with Robert Mugabe may be taking its toll.